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New degree option for Lakeland’s interior design grads

Graduates of Lakeland College’s award-winning interior design technology program can now transfer their credits towards a bachelor of interior design (BID) degree at RCC Institute of Technology.

Lakeland College and RCC officials recently signed a five-year articulation agreement that will allow Lakeland grads to transfer almost all of their credits towards the Council for Interior Design Accreditation (CIDA) accredited BID program at RCC. Lakeland grads have the option to take the program online or at the RCC campus in Concord, Ont.

“We’re always pleased to collaborate with other post-secondary partners to help our students and alumni achieve their academic goals. This agreement with RCC provides a seamless pathway for our interior design graduates to continue their studies and ultimately earn a degree and a diploma,” says Michael Crowe, vice president, academic and research at Lakeland College.

“We are thrilled to welcome graduates of Lakeland’s interior design technology program to the BID at RCC. These students come into the program with a strong technical background and foundation that will enable them to thrive as they complete their degree,” says Erin Melvin, program chair of the BID at RCC.

In addition to being CIDA accredited, the BID program is recognized by the Interior Designers of Canada. Graduates from an accredited degree with 3,520 work experience hours are qualified to write the National Council of Interior Design Qualification Examination, a professional licensing exam that enables them to become registered interior designers.

Based at the college’s Vermilion campus in eastern Alberta, Lakeland’s interior design technology program provides graduates with a solid foundation in design fundamentals, drafting, space planning and more so they can create functional spaces. For the past 13 years, students have won awards in design competitions. Accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), the program has received four NKBA Excellence in Education awards.

Photo: Interior design graduates such as Shaelyn Dolter now have the option to transfer their diploma credits towards a bachelor of interior design degree at RCC Institute of Technology.

August 28, 2017

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